Day: August 6, 2010

Do we know what we’ve got in Keizer?

To the Editor: As you go in the main entrance to Keizer Station off to the right is an old house. The City of Keizer just acquired the property. Almost 30 years ago that house was moved there from site where the Faith Lutheran Church now sits. I have yet to hear the city’s plan for it but based on the near past, my guess is either be burned or torn down. This would be another loss of Keizer’s past. I would love to see it saved and moved to another location in Keizer but the question is where should it go? I have a couple of suggestions. It could be moved to the 400 block of Marino Drive and be put in place of the house with the sod roof. This would would be a difficult move to a tight spot. Another spot is to the site of the old Keizer Dairy on Verda Lane between Chemawa and Dearborn. It could join the  Huber house. After talking to some of my neighbors, we all thought a good place for the house would be in Keizer Station, by the creek, and make a show place out of it. Perhaps we could get HGTV program Massive Move to film it for their show and get some free advertisement for the city. Moving houses is nothing new to Keizer if you...

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Being polite in a tricky situation

By ALLEN PRELL When does political correctness become a fault? When others feel vindicated telling the “brutally honest truth.” When I was younger, my father  told me to avoid the topics of sex, politics, and religion until you  know the person  well. The same philosophy was repeated by my current manager, when discussing business. Never discuss these sensitive issues unless the client brings them up. Then, avoid any incriminating comments. During the Miracle of Christmas lighting season  here in Keizer, I was approached by a neighbor as I walked the  route and asked, “Do you people put up lights?” Referring to the fact I am of the Jewish faith. “You know you are the chosen ones,” I am told. We never really discussed faith, and she stated “As a good Christian, I hold your people of high regard.” This neighbor was embarrassing herself, showing her complete lack of understanding of the Jewish faith. As well intended as she was, she had a lack of understanding of her own faith. But, I continued on my walk disregarding our conversation, when I believe others would have entered into a deep discussion. I was with a client during a lunch meeting and the topic came up about politics.  My client is a history  buff,  has business sense, and well respected as a local physician. He stated “We wouldn’t be in this mess...

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Egli to run as Walsh drops out

Councilor cites work, family in decision By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Councilor Richard Walsh has said he won’t run for re-election to the Keizer City Council in a surprise announcement made just three weeks before the filing deadline. He endorsed Joe Egli, who would be a first-term councilor, to run for his seat. (See related story.) In a letter to Keizerites, Walsh cited a need to “devote more time to my family and law practice.” He is entering the last year of his second full term, but has actually been on the council for 10 years. Walsh told the Keizertimes he would remain in Keizer – and that he’s still got goals set for the next few months. “I’m looking forward to working on acquiring the additional acreage at Keizer Rapids Park, working toward medical facilities and employment opportunities in (Keizer Station’s) Area B, I’m looking forward to bringing employment opportunities to Area C and master planning both.” Walsh, who owns a law firm in Keizer, was appointed in August 2000 to fill the remaining term of Councilor Craig Campbell, who had resigned. In the intervening years Walsh played a large role in planning Keizer Station and was on council while the civic center was planned and ultimately built. He served on more than a dozen boards, committees, task forces and commissions, and is a registered adult leader...

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At Steam-Up, it’s in with the old

By JOCE DEWITT For the Keizertimes Preserving the past; enriching the future. For 40 years Brooks historians have put this tradition to use and held to it during this summer’s Great Oregon Steam-Up in Brooks’ Antique Powerland the past two weekends. The event is an opportunity to revel in the art of heritage machinery, which includes anything from antique cameras to caterpillar machinery. “This is how they did things back then,” says Kevin Engel of his antique John Deere engine, a green and red apparatus with wheels, a cable and a spout. “These were for anything we use an electric motor for now.” David Brown’s elevator governor, one of three on display, is a fascinating and complex piece designed to save the first elevators and their passengers from plummeting to their deaths. “The brake and pinch cables stop the elevator from travelling a certain amount of feet per second. People were dying on elevators before this was invented,” says Brown, a Steam-Up participant of 13 years. A walk through Antique Powerland gives spectators a very distinct sense of the period in which the machinery was originally constructed. Just past the entrance are the flea market and exhibit area, a shared space where designers present their contraptions and educate the public. East of the exhibit area lays the military antique display with old tanks boasting large guns designed to intimidate any...

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Construction company needs help for Extreme Makeover

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is coming to the Mid-Willamette Valley. Full details had not yet been released as of press time, but a builder has been selected. Rich Duncan Construction will lead the effort and needs volunteers to help complete the task. Needed are everyone from concrete finishers to electricians and painters. To volunteer or learn more, visit www.richduncanconstruction.com. Hosted by Ty Pennington, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has aired on ABC since...

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